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February 18, 2012

Roasted Ginger Garlic Shrimp

Weekends become quiet when it is raining heavily outside. We just sat inside the house watching some movies and cartoons. We had plans of watching of the Mardi Gras parade but the rain spolied the whole thing. Cooking was on the lighter side as we did not have much choice of vegetables. But sipping a hot cup of coffee with our favorite movies with nothing much to do is also a good thing in a way. We did not cook much so thought of sharing the roasted shrimp we prepared recently.

February 15, 2012

Cooking Guide : Homemade Rasam Powder

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day ! For us valentine's day was a special day with the kids. They had parties at school and had fun exchanging cards and gifts. For us the traffic was very bad in the evening and could not do much. Kids all dressed up in red and white, ballons, hearts, cakes, cookies it was fun to watch. Shweets bought home a box full of candies and went on and on about how they celebrated the day. Next we are getting ready for the "Mardi Gras" celebrations special costumes, masks , king cakes, parades. Eagerly waiting to enjoy the day !!

Coming to today's recipe, when it comes to making homemade spice powders, I always rely on my Mom or Mother-in-law. Whenever we go on vacation, we get loads of all the required spice powders and stock them up. Last year Mom was with me for about 6 months and she made this awesome rasam powder for me. My rasam never goes wrong when I add this powder. It is simple to make and comes in handy on those lazy days. Somehow I do not like the store bought ones, may be I'm too used to homemade version. Try this to make some great rasam recipes. Check out my Paruppu Rasam and Tomato Rasam which were made with this powder.

Preparation Time : 20 min

Total Time : 45 min


Coriander seeds - 250 gms
Pepper corns - 50 gms
Cumin Seeds - 50 gms
Dry Red Chilly - 50 gms
Toor Dal - 2 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

  • Measure the ingredients and keep it ready.
  • Clean and dry out the mixer jar.
  • Clean and dry out a air tight container to store the rasam powder
  • Carefully dry roast coriander seeds , pepper corns, cumin seeds, toor dal , dry red chillies, fenugreek, mustard each separately in medium flame until aroma arises.
  • Combine all ingredients and allow the contents to cool down for 30 min.
  • Once the ingredients are completely cooled down, grind it along with asafoetida to a coarse powder.
  • Allow the ground mixture to sit for about 30 min and then transfer to air tight container. You can use this powder to make awesome rasam recipes.

  • Take care while dry roasting, if the seeds are burnt it will spoil the taste of the rasam.
  • Store the rasam powder in clean, dry container. Use dry spoon and it can be used for 6 months are so.

February 10, 2012

Arisi Paruppu Sadham | Coimbatore Special Dal Rice

Now I know the difference of raising a girl and a boy. My daughter was so calm and composed (atleast until she was 2) but he is so hyperactive and demanding.He cannot sit in one place for more than a minute and needs to be pampered now and then. As now he has started to crawl, life has become more challenging.I always see MK with the vacuum cleaner as shweets cannot sit in one place and eat. It is very cute when I see him crawling and looking for minute things.My brother inlaw even told that he would have dropped something in his previous birth and he is searching it so seriously now. Last week was super fun as we had family visiting and I took two days off. We had Italian, Chinese, American, Thai food in various top restaurants and ofcourse Indian food From my Home Kitchen !!!

Cooking one pot meals is very convenient when Jake is super active. Arisu Paruppu Sadham is a famous dish from Coimbatore. We used to spend our entire summer holidays at our grandmother's place in coimbatore and used to enjoy all these specialities. This is a homey dish with very mild spices which is suitable for kids and it is a great lunch box recipe too. Must try recipe !!!

Preparation Time : 5 min

Cooking Time: 10 min

Serves : 4


Raw Rice - 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Garlic cloves - 4 no
Onion - 1 no
Tomato - 1 no
Curry leaves
Dry Red Chilly - 3 no
Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Oil - 2 tsp

For Seasoning

Mustard - 1 tsp
Cumin - 3/4 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 stick

  • Wash and soak the rice and dal together for about 15 minutes.
  • Finely chop the onion, garlic and tomato.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the mustard and allow it to splutter. Add the cumin seeds and cinnamon stick
  • Add the chopped garlic and once it turns soft add the onion and cook until it is translucent.
  • Add salt, dry red chillies, curry leaves and saute well.
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook until it is mushy.
  • Add the chilly powder and cook in medium flame until raw smell goes away.
  • Drain the rice and dal mixture and transfer it to the pressure and mix everthing together.
  • Add 3 1/2 cups of water. Check for salt and pressure cook the rice for 2 whistles in high.
  • Serve Hot with pappad or spicy potato fry.

  • This rice has to be sticky so I always add 3/4 cup water extra for every 1 1/2 cup of rice and dal mix.

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